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November 14, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Images, Magazines Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne on Playing the Leading Man in J. K. Rowling’s Pre-Potter World

Eddie & his Fantastic Beast co-stars are featured in a spread in the December issue of Vogue.

Eddie Redmayne, star of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, offers a glimpse into J. K. Rowling’s delightfully off-kilter universe. Add some sumptuous and finely wrought fashion, and you’ve got magic on your hands.

Aaand—we’re back! Back in the land of wizards and wands, Muggles and magic. Back, in other words, in the gorgeously fertile imagination of J. K. Rowling, the Walt Disney of the twenty-first century and a delightful companion to children and former children alike.

The movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with an original screenplay by Rowling, could be described as a Harry Potter prequel, but only in the sense that it takes place long before Harry was born. Set in 1926, it tells the story of Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), a former Hogwarts pupil and now a devoted researcher of magical creatures, or magizoologist, to give him his proper title. He will eventually author the book of Fantastic Beasts, a Hogwarts set-text read by all children who study there—including, in decades to come, a trio called Harry, Hermione, and Ron. But that’s far in the future. When the movie begins, Scamander has traveled to New York because he has heard some fantastic beasts may be living there. American wizards currently dread exposure by a fearsome group of No-Majs (American, it turns out, for Muggles), and have to suppress all signs of magic life.

Unfortunately, Scamander has brought with him a special suitcase full of creatures from his travels who escape, and so he has to team up with a pair of wizarding sisters, Tina (Katherine Waterston) and Queenie (Alison Sudol), as well as Jacob (Dan Fogler), a friendly No-Maj whose dream is to open a bakery. Together they must catch the beasts while evading detection. As with the Potter films, the movie touches on serious subjects (in this case, prejudice and child abuse) and suggests that we Muggles live unknowingly next to the truly fantastic.

To celebrate the return of Rowling and her magical mind, Vogue has brought the four leads back together in their original costumes on the original sets at the Warner Bros. lot near the decidedly unmagical London commuter town of Watford. But inside the studio we’re on the cobbled streets of 1920s New York, lined with shops and secret passageways.

“This feels very Hopper,” Annie Leibovitz says as she photographs Redmayne and Waterston having a drink in the speakeasy.

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November 14, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Video Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne wands up for ‘Fantastic’ ride

Another new article, this time from USA Today. Eddie answers a ton of questions about Fantastic Beasts.

LOS ANGELES — Ever met a Niffler?

Eddie Redmayne has, and he learned one of the magical animal’s secrets from an earthly anteater.

The Oscar winner grabs a wand in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in theaters nationwide Friday, with preview screenings Thursday night) and took his Muggle self to a wildlife park in England to prepare to play a magizoologist.

“There was this anteater that had just been born, and people were trying to feed her and she kept scrunching herself into a ball. The way they would make her uncurl was to tickle her belly,” says Redmayne, 34, whose floppy-haired wizard surreptitiously transports magical animals to the USA inside a bottomless travel case.

On screen, the actor copies that trick to relieve an adorable, kleptomaniac creature called the Niffler of its horde of pocketed gems in Fantastic Beasts, a Harry Potter spinoff that meets Newt Scamander as he disembarks from a ship in New York City, 70 years before Potter’s story starts.

Let’s start with the basics: In Fantastic Beasts, set in America circa 1926, the non-magical sort are called No-Majs instead of Muggles, and this era is plagued not by Voldemort but by the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who has vanished after terrorizing half of Europe.

Set in a period of Prohibition, with fascism growing abroad, there’s a power struggle going on inside the Big Apple, with a witch-hunting sect known as the Second Salemers threatening security for a magical community bent on keeping wizarding under a cloak of secrecy.

Redmayne was attracted to how Rowling set the tale amid real-world events. “What I loved about the Potter films was the idea that you could be living coinciding with this whole other thing going on,” says the actor, whose wizard is joined by brand-new sidekicks: an American witch named Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), who was recently sidelined from her job as an Auror, and Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), a No-Maj baker who stumbles into Newt’s frantic search for his beloved, erratic creatures.

With Rowling on board as screenwriter, the new film is the author’s way into “telling a much bigger story of an epic battle of good vs. evil and of sort of segregation and repression and this big idea that this Grindelwald character believes in a superior race, and that wizards should be ruling over the world,” Redmayne says.

The seed of Fantastic Beasts, as fans know, comes not from best-selling novels but from one of Harry Potter’s textbooks (which bears same title as the new film), published as a supplemental one-off by Scholastic in 2001.

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November 14, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Comments Off on A Minute With: ‘Fantastic’ Newt Scamander (aka Eddie Redmayne)

Such a great interview with Reuters!

With his peacock-blue coat, bow tie and battered suitcase, Eddie Redmayne stars as J.K. Rowling’s latest magical hero in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Redmayne spoke with Reuters ahead of the movie opening on Friday about his favorite beasts and his hopes for his character, Newt Scamander. The following are edited excerpts.

Q: How much of Newt came from you and how much from J.K. Rowling?

A: Newt was wonderfully well defined on the page and then it was about hearing where Newt came from in her imagination. She wrote that Newt walks his own walk and that he has a Buster Keaton-eseque quality. So I met a man who tracks animals for a living, and he said that if you are trying to be absolutely silent, you turn your feet out. So I brought in that open-toed stance, which was great until I had to do stunts running like that and I kept pulling muscles.

Q: Do you know if you’re going to be in all five of the “Beasts” movies?

A: No, I don’t. The whole production is so top-secret that at nights our scripts would get locked up and put in a safe. Jo has kept the story very close to her.

Q: How do you feel about becoming a young adult icon, like Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter?

A: I don’t really know. How does one prepare for that? There’s nothing you can do really. A few more people ask for selfies and that’s about it. I think?

Q: What was it like acting against the computer-generated beasts?

A: With the erumpent, we had some of the guys who worked on “War Horse” make a huge puppet that I rehearsed with for a few weeks. Then when it came to shooting, it would go away and I would have the sense memory.

Q: Did you have a favorite beast?

A: I think Pickett was my favorite. He has got attachment issues and he just wants a bit of a hug. He is bullied by the other bowtruckles.

Q: Where would you like Newt’s character to go in the second film?

A: You get a sense when you see Leda Lestrange’s photograph that this girl has clearly had an effect on him, so that would be interesting to see. Also you hear that Newt has spent a year out in the field in Equatorial Guinea. I would love to see him out with his sleeves rolled up, wrangling some of these extraordinary creatures.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

November 14, 2016   Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on The Build Series Presents Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them

Friday Eddie and his castmates participated in the The Build Series Presents Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them in New York City. Pics from the event are now in our gallery.

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November 11, 2016   Ali   Events, Images Comments Off on New York City World Premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The World Premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was held last night in New York City and Eddie & Hannah walked the red carpet.

Thanks to Claudia & Helen for helping me find pics!


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November 10, 2016   Ali   Articles & Interviews, Video Comments Off on The Jess Cagle Interview with Eddie Redmayne

Eddie did a wonderful interview with one of my favorite members of the media Jess Cagle for the People Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). To go watch click on the image below.

November 10, 2016   Ali   Co-Stars, Guest Appearances, Video 1 Comment

Today Eddie & his co-star Katherine Waterston stopped by the Today Show to talk about Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” star Eddie Redmayne tells TODAY that the fantasy film marking the screenwriting debut o fJ. K. Rowling “didn’t feel the obligation of everyone’s expectations,” because viewers do not know these new Rowling characters as well as they do Harry Potter. His co-star Katherine Waterston says the positive feedback from fans makes it feel like they’re on a sports team.

November 10, 2016   Ali   Guest Appearances, Images Comments Off on Eddie on the Tonight Show

Here are some pics of Eddie from his guest appearance on the Tonight Show last night.

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November 10, 2016   Ali   Guest Appearances, Video Comments Off on Clips from the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Eddie was on the Tonight Show last night. Such a fun interview especially considering his friend Lily Collins was also on.

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November 10, 2016   Ali   Relationships & Family, Video Comments Off on Eddie Redmayne on His Favorite Part of Fatherhood: My Daughter’s ‘Massive Grin’ Is the ‘Greatest Thing’

Eddie Redmayne may have his hands full at the moment promoting his new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but his wake-up calls have less to do with work and everything to do with family.

“It’s in the morning,” Redmayne tells PEOPLE of his favorite part of being a new dad to daughter Iris Mary, 4 months. “If Iris has managed to sleep through the night and then you hear a gentle squeak and you go in [her room] and turn on the light … and the massive grin that’s like, ‘It’s a whole new day.’ That’s probably the greatest thing.”

The Oscar-winning actor, 34, shares that his daughter with wife Hannah is quite smiley — but that she also isn’t the traditional crier.

“Hilariously, she’s learned to shout,” Redmayne says. “She doesn’t cry much, but she’s learned to shout.”

“Maybe she wants you to turn the light off,” jokes Redmayne’s Fantastic Beasts costar Katherine Waterston.

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“It’s hilarious, she’ll just be sitting there going, ‘Behhhhh!’ ” Redmayne mimics. “Like, what is that noise? From this tiny little thing.”

“You make it sound a little bit like a sheep,” Waterston says.

“She doesn’t sound like a sheep, but it definitely doesn’t sound like a noise that could come from someone so small,” the new dad clarifies.

Since he became a father in June, The Theory of Everything star says he has learned that all the advice he heard about being a parent has been true for him and his wife.

“The amazing this is that everything that everyone has ever told you — all of the clichés — you become the person starting to spout out the clichés, as if they are the newest thought,” he confesses.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in theaters Nov. 18.